The Research Assistant (Genetics & Epidemiology) will assist in the molecular phenotyping projects in clinical and translational studies on diabetes and its complications.
The Research Assistant will primarily be responsible for the implementation and analysis of individual research projects that will include measuring biomarkers using ELISA and protein multiplex assays in biofluids, cell lysates or tissues. Additionally, this role be responsible for laboratory organization, aliquoting samples, and maintaining the inventory of blood and urine samples.
- Running ELISA and multiplex assays on blood and urine samples. This includes developing a protocol specific to each assay and analyzing the data. Additionally, creating and maintaining an electronic database for all data produced from specified assays.
- Proper labeling, handling, and storage of blood, urine or other samples. Maintaining an accurate and updated physical and electronic inventory of all samples.
- Responsible for the retrieval and aliquoting of blood, urine and other samples for various projects. This includes developing a plan of how to most effectively aliquot and organize samples, as well as how to keep an accurate electronic inventory.
- Assist in developing and performing new protocols for the purpose of specific research projects, such as processing RNA or cell lysates from blood samples.
- Sample collection for the human studies. It may include patient recruitment activities (contacting potential study participants, obtaining medical questionnaire and biological samples).
- Coordinate with outside laboratories. This includes the preparation of samples according to an academic collaborator’ or industry vendor’s specifications. It also includes the logistics of safely shipping the samples.
- Assessing the quality of the data, identifying any possible errors and correcting them.
- Development of computer databases for the results of the laboratory determinations.
- Mitigate any problems that may arise within the laboratory, including in the assistance of maintaining and preserving the integrity of laboratory equipment by ensuring its proper use, and monitoring biohazardous material usage, handling, and disposal.
- Work independently to complete multiple projects for deadlines, and report progress during project meetings.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biostatistics or a closely related field.
- Minimum 0.5 year of demonstrated laboratory experience from academic coursework or industry. Relevant experience with laboratory methods preferred.
- Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and ability to navigate at a basic level within various web-based applications.
- Familiarity with basic laboratory instruments and equipment – in a laboratory setting.
- Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information
- Ability to follow general instructions and procedures, as provided.
- Strong organizational and communication skills (communicate clearly and effectively via verbal and written instruction).
- Attention to detail and ability to concentrate on multiple tasks
- Ability to prioritize responsibilities – through completion.
- Ability to work independently and with others in the lab – to interact respectfully with other employees, professional staff and/or external contacts.
Joslin is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minority/Female/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans. Joslin values diversity and inclusion, and we encourage diversity applicants.
Joslin Diabetes Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and it is the policy of Joslin to prohibit discrimination of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, marital/parental status, disability status, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law.